The Legend of Shiftyeye Jones
TALKING ABOUT WHAT’S WORRYING YOU IS A GREAT WAY
H alloween is known nationwide as our spookiest holiday. The frights are part of the fun, and fear is as universal a human emotion as there is. We all get scared for reasons big and small, no matter how old we are. But when we’re young and much of the world is still a mystery, we can be afraid of some pretty silly things. TO BRING THE MONSTER FROM THE DARK INTO THE LIGHT. IF YOU’VE WATCHED EVEN ONE HORROR MOVIE IN YOUR LIFE, YOU KNOW SHINING A LIGHT ON AN EVIL FORCE ALWAYS MAKES IT LESS POWERFUL.” Some kids are afraid of the boogeyman or broccoli, but my brother and I had a much more unique tormentor. His name was Shiftyeye Jones, and he scared the
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT FEAR
cartoon of a man with a trench coat and hat. His eyes were cut out, making him look vaguely menacing. This crude little icon was the source of our fear. His gaze was the one we ducked under to avoid a catastrophe. Looking back on it now, I can’t help but laugh, but when you don’t understand something, it always becomes scarier. We didn’t know anything about the neighborhood watch or the idea of security. We just knew this sticker was creepy. Once our mom was able to explain that this sticker was not possessed by an evil spirit nor about to spring to life, it became a lot less menacing. Today, I help people navigate scary situations of a completely different sort. When you’re injured and you feel like you don’t have anywhere to turn, it’s only natural to feel afraid. Rather than deal with the vague threat of a sticker, you have very real medical bills to contend with, in addition to the possibility of missed work and life-altering injuries. Most people embroiled in a personal injury matter are in that situation for the first time. The unfamiliarity only increases the sense of unease and trepidation they may feel, but they don’t have to go it alone.
Our approach is that nobody’s fear should be overlooked. Dealing with your case isn’t just a legal matter; it’s an emotional one. We understand and respect that everyone handles serious events differently. What’s scary to me may not be scary to you and vice versa, but that doesn’t mean each of our fears isn’t valid. Understanding that you can turn to others in a time of need goes a long way in making the fear go away. Talking about what’s worrying you is a great way to bring the monster from the dark into the light. If you’ve watched even one horror movie in your life, you know shining a light on an evil force always makes it less powerful. As we celebrate Halloween this year, I hope you’ll take a moment to think back to some of the trivial things that sent a shiver up your spine back in the day, as well as the thoughts that still make you fearful today. We all have to reckon with fear, even if werewolves and vampires are just inspired pieces of make-believe.
living heck out of us. He loomed over us, and we did everything in our power to stay out of his gaze. If he saw us, we had no idea what would happen, but we knew it wasn’t going to be good.
Before you start to get worried and think somebody should’ve called the cops on this shadowy figure, I will assure you that Shiftyeye Jones wasn’t a real threat. In fact, he was a sticker. You see ... in the neighborhood we lived in, there was a neighborhood watch committee. They handed out stickers for people to put on their properties as a deterrent. On these stickers was that infamous
–Lashonda Council- Rogers, Esq.
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